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Former President Barack Obama addresses an audience after being presented with the 2017 Profile in Courage award during ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Obama called on Congress to be courageous in opposing the Obamacare repeal


In a rare set of post-presidency remarks on policy, former President Obama called on Congress to have courage in opposing the Affordable Care Act repeal in a speech at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation on Sunday night, CNN reported

Obama told lawmakers that they must "champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm."

While Obama did not mention the American Health Care Act by name, Obama focused on the need for health care for all Americans. 

Obama called on Congress to remain bipartisan on health care, saying politics "remains filled with division and discord, and everywhere we see the risk of falling into the refuge of tribe and clan."

Obama also recalled the courage of the lawmakers who sacrificed political capital in favor of passing the ACA. 

"This same vote would likely cost them their new seats and perhaps end their political careers. And these men and women did the right thing, the hard thing, and theirs was a profile in courage," said Obama.

Obama's comments were generally met with praise on social media. 

However, there were pockets of criticism. 

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